Feast of Music's Mixed Bag

Mixtapes Streams Wednesdays at 3 pm on Q2 Music

« previous episode | next episode »

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Peter Matthews is the founder of Feast of Music, a blog covering live music in New York City that, as the site states, "strives to give equal voice to all kinds of music" – from Williamsburg indie rock to orchestral shows at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. That democratic approach to music is apparent in his Mixtape, which juxtaposes Animal Collective and John Coltrane with David Lang and Bela Bartok.

A Mixed Bag by Peter Matthews

When I was invited to contribute a playlist to Mixtapes, my initial reaction was: "Only an hour?" How can anyone come close to surveying the breadth and depth of music of the past century in just 60 minutes? Should I focus on large orchestral works, or small-scale chamber music? Do I leave out longer works just because they up too much time? Should living composers take precedence over those who aren't around anymore?

At the end of the day, I just decided to put together a list of tracks that I like. Some of this music I've known for a very long time; others I've just discovered recently. Some of it is quiet, some not. And, not all of it fits neatly into the category of "classical music." But there is somewhere in each of them a thread that ties them back to the "flow," so to speak.

I wish I could go into detail as to why I chose each of these tracks, but limited space will only allow me to say that I can tie all of this music back to a significant moment in my life. As any good mixtape should be able to do.

Playlist

Gyorgy Ligeti - Lux Aeterna
Nico Muhly - Bright Mass with Canons: Sanctus 
Olivier Messiaen - La Nativite du Seigneur: Les Anges 
Todd Reynolds - Fast Pasture
Animal Collective - #1
Buke & Gass - Your Face Left Before You 
Beirut - Port of Call 
David Lang - memory pieces: wed 
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme: Resolution 
Bela Bartok - String Quartet No. 5: Andante 
John Adams - Dharma at Big Sur: Sri Moonshine

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.